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Pacific Best Inc. (PBI) and Pacific Auto Company (PAC) have moved to a new 110,000-square-foot headquarters in Azusa.
Pacific Best Inc. (PBI), parent company of Pacific Auto Company (PAC), has moved into a new 110,000-square-foot headquarters in Azusa with eight loading docks and three times the space of its previous California DC. “The larger space has two operational benefits: consolidation of existing inventory...
From left: Brad McCombs, Cuyamaca College automotive technology instructor and department chair, Rocky Khamenian, 2018 ASCCA state president, and Larry McLemore, Cuyamaca College career education dean.
El Cajon, Calif.—Most repair shop owners are familiar with programs such as the Ford ASSET, GM ASEP, Chrysler Mopar CAP, and Toyota T-Ten, offered at most community colleges in California. The only problem with those programs is that the curriculums were created by the OEMs and designed to channel...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California green vehicle market continues to experience growth throughout the state, especially with increasing electric vehicles sales, which now make up 3.1 percent of total new vehicle sales year to date, an increase from 2.4 percent this time last year. However, according...
Special speaker Fred Gruner of NVIDIA and ASCCA Connected Car Committee member (far right), answers a question from the audience during the Q&A session.
El Cajon, Calif.— Imagine 15 years from now, when 80-90 percent of vehicles sold will have some sort of autonomous system that will be highly integrated, and systems will be complicated and difficult to debug problems. “People will want experts who specialize in self-driving systems,” said Fred...
Robert Queneau (left) of Morrison Tire and Don Lim of Ward Service in Monrovia are finalist for the 2018 Technician of the year award.
ASE-certified technicians Robert Queneau, of Morrison Tire, in Garden Grove, and Don Lim, of Ward Service, in Monrovia, are among 13 finalists for the Auto Value and Bumper To Bumper Technician of the Year for 2018. Two Technicians of the Year will be honored at the 2018 Auto Value and Bumper To...
From left: Family-owned Morrison Tire & Service is operated by three generations of Morrisons, including Kevin Morrison, service manager , Joe Sproha, general manager, Paul Morrison, CFO, Gary Morrison, president, Dyllan Franks, service advisor, and cousin, Jim Ludloff, store manager.
Garden Grove, Calif.—After years of averaging 5 percent growth, business suddenly took off for Joe Sproha in 2017. “If you had told me five years ago that we’d see 12 percent growth in one year I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Sproha, who is general manager Morrison Tire & Service in Garden...
From Left: The four-generation family-owned business includes Eric Gates, Darrell Gates, Bernie and Laurie Gates, Amy Becker, and Nichole Fehr, who treat every customer like family.
Mission Viejo, Calif.—Prestige Auto Collision is the certified repair facility for a number of area dealerships, including Mercedes-Benz of Laguna Niguel and Rancho Santa Margarita Honda, said General Manager Darrell Gates, son of founder, Bernie Gates. But it didn’t happen overnight. “To qualify...
SAN PEDRO, Calif. (September 14, 2018) – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded $41 million to the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) for the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project. The total project cost for this initial phase is $82,568,872...
Students, register for this FREE event and receive a complimentary lunch! Dozens of employers attending from various industries want to speak with you! Don't be surprised to find an interesting job in a field you didn't expect. Be prepared to interview with your potential employer: dress...
Coralville, Iowa. – Fuse5 Automotive Software (FAS), a US based provider of Business Management Solutions for the Automotive Aftermarket, is proud to announce that it has partnered with the California Automotive Wholesaler’s Association (CAWA). “CAWA, in a strategic move for the future, is pursuing...

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